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Journalism Award Sabrina Sganga | Questione di stili

Journalism Award Sabrina Sganga

The award is open to journalists (including journalism students), photographers, media activists and professionals in the fields of communication, media, radio, television, documentary film and new media.


The Award aims to promote and support a journalistic investigation or reportage that pays specific attention to knowledge access, the spread of democracy, bottom-up participation, environmental sustainability, ethical and critical finance, and lifestyles that promote and test alternatives to consumerism and individualism.

Over and above this year’s theme, the project should promote and support experiences that are inspired by mutualism, solidarity, social justice, self-sufficiency, empowerment and all those forms of individual and collective engagement aimed at overcoming situations of social and environmental degradation associated with consumerism, intense industrial production and megaprojects.

THEME OF THE 2018 YEAR: “Share a Tale: narrating practices of co-sharing”. How economics, politics, education, the environment and more in general our daily life can be transformed by practices of co-sharing.

Possible examples related to this year’s theme include but are not limited to the following: inclusive and circular economy, co-creation, co-housing, co-working, co-manufacturing, social street, shared gardening, bike sharing, car sharing, time banks, alternative currencies, social media. There is an increasing number of co-sharing practices, which are increasingly creative and accessible, and question some of the pillars upon which contemporary societies are based (ownership, control, protection, separation). Thanks to new media and ICTs, forms of co-sharing have become common practices, and as such have demonstrated their innovative potential but also their darker and more problematic side.


The first section aims to select and reward surveys and investigations related to this year’s theme, with awards of up to a maximum of 5.000,00 (five thousand) euros. The proposal of the investigation/reportage must be accompanied by a time plan and must produce an open access format through the use of newsprint, filmed material, radio reports or new media. The award is designed to promote, encourage and support a journalistic project linked to a discovery or intuition that deserves further investigation and to be more widely reported. The overall objective of this award is to promote and support a new media culture (be this a new identity for journalism or media activism) that is able to contribute to a virtuous transformation of our lifestyles, through innovative practices. Award evaluation criteria also include the effective feasibility and implementation of the proposed virtuous practice as well as its replicability.

The second section, which consists in an award of 1.000,00 (one thousand) euros, concerns a journalistic work published in 2017 on the theme of the 2018 award.

All kinds of media will be evaluated including but not limited to: newsprint, short films/videos, phone apps, comics and photographs. The innovative nature of the chosen media represents one of the evaluation criteria.

The award’s supporting organizations have made their archives, databases, information and contacts available to interested participants. This however remains an option, and bears no influence on the final evaluation.

In case a collective work receives the award, the cash-prize will be shared equally among the authors; the association will bear no responsibility for such an arrangement.

Special mentions will also be assigned for each section as recognition of the work done.

The event in question does not fall within the category of competitions and prize awards relating to Article 6 paragraph 1 of the Italian Presidential Decree 430/2001.

Pursuant to Resolution No. 8/1251 of 28/10/1976 the prize will not be subject to tax. The obligation of understanding and complying with fiscal regime/impositions is therefore born by the recipient of the prize.


Both sections are open to individuals, institutions and associations.

The applicants of any citizenship can be journalists (professionals, advertisers, practitioners and students of journalism schools), photographers, media activists, operators in the fields of communication and media.

Institutions can be schools, non-profit media organizations, and universities.

Associations can be non-profit organizations or unregistered groups, as long as they demonstrate their existence and activities.

Applications and projects must be presented and produced in Italian language.

The editors of newspapers and media agencies supporting the award are excluded from the Call.


Participation in the Award is free. The deadline for completing the application form and for presenting the related material is September 30th, 2018. Applications must be completed online by this date at www.premiosabrinasganga.it.

Applications must clearly indicate the chosen section and a reference address.

For both sections, the application must also include:

• personal details of the applicant (in case of a collective works, a reference person must be indicated); name of professional journalist organization and membership number (if applicable), name, address and telephone number of the newspaper. Applicants competing in the second section must also provide the date of publication or broadcast of the proposed entry.

• a curriculum Vitae with a detailed description of the applicant’s educational background. In addition, for those who are not journalists, a description should be provided of any activity and/or experience carried out in relation to the award theme.

For the first section (i.e. project proposals), an information sheet should be attached that indicates:

  • a detailed description of the subject of the investigation/reportage proposed for production;
  • the social and/or environmental justifications behind the proposed project;
  • the proposed communication/media strategy;
  • the intended use for the finished product;
  • an itemized breakdown of the budget and foreseen expenditures;
  • any other planned sources of (co-)financing;
  • proposed time schedule for production;
  • any illustrative examples and/or prototypes (not mandatory).

For the second section (i.e. those published in 2017) a report must be attached with further details of the work, including the context in which the work was conducted, the motivations for its production and its use.

Participation in the Award implies full knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

Proposals that do not follow the above indications and/or do not present the requested information and documentation will not be admitted to the Award. All candidates can only participate in one section of the Award and can only submit one project/proposal. Only applications received through the website that provide all the requested attached information and material will be considered valid and evaluated accordingly.

The lack of compliance with these rules and/or the indicated requirements leads to the automatic exclusion from the Award, without any notice to the applicant. An unjustified absence at the Award ceremony will lead to the loss of the awarded prize.

Candidates personally hold full legal and administrative responsibility for all aspects connected with their work, including the work’s originality and infringements regarding copyright and reproductions – and release the Board of Promoters and the Jury from any responsibility.

The documentation presented by applicants will not be returned and works received may be published on media directly connected to the Award. According to the Legislative Decree 196 of 30 June 2003 and subsequent amendments, the candidates´ data will be used solely for the purpose of the Award and may be disclosed as part of the promotion of the Award itself.


The applications will be evaluated by the Award Jury, which will communicate its judgment to the Board of Promoters, which is in turn tasked with informing the selected applicants.

The Jury’s decision is final and cannot be disputed. The motivations for such decisions will be communicated through the Award’s website and during the course of the Awards ceremony. The evaluation of the work presented is based on criteria pertaining to the relevance and originality of the work, its rigour, the completeness and accuracy of information, the quality of the writing, the style of presentation, the strength of communication strength, as well as compliance with the themes of the Call.

Other criteria include the “replicability” of the documented experience, the effectiveness of the project in contributing to virtuous actions aimed at redressing any critical situations raised, the number of actors involved and the number of platforms/media outlets that are involved in the project and/or have expressed an interest in it.

Based on an evaluation of the applications received, the Jury reserves the right not to award any prize to any of the sections, based on .

The winner of the first section must commit to deliver the finalised project or service within one year after the date of the award ceremony.


The Award Jury consists of:

  • Simone Siliani (president)
  • Vittorio Iervese
  • Oliver Haag
  • Camilla Lattanzi
  • Giulia Chiarini
  • Anna Meli
  • Vera Sganga


The Board of Trustees will follow the progress of the first section (the “project”) up to its publication and presentation in the following edition of the Award and will oversee the transparency and efficiency of the project financial management through periodic checks.

The Board of Trustees is coordinated by the journalist and writer Lorenzo Guadagnucci, and includes other members.


The Award ceremony will take place in Florence at the same time as the 59th edition of the Festival dei Popoli. The date and place will be notified as soon as possible on the website www.premiosabrinasganga.it

During the Award ceremony, the realization of the project awarded in the previous 2017 call will be presented.

Accommodation and transport of the winners will be covered by the Award organization.

This announcement is published on the website www.premiosabrinasganga.it, and is disseminated through leading newspapers, media offices and associations, as well as national and local media.

Reference contact address for further information relating to the Award: info@premiosabrinasganga.it.